Grandparents Day
Thursday, October 13

Grandparents are invited to join their grandchildren at Journeys School for a fun morning on Thursday, October 13. If you know of any grandparents who did not receive an invitation last week, please share their mailing address with Sam or Hannah at or or 733-3729.

Old Bill's Donations
Today (Friday, September 16) at 5:00 pm is the deadline to donate to Journeys School through Old Bill's and get the percentage match to help your gift have an even greater impact. If you have not already done so, please help us reach our 100% Parent Participation Goal AND our Annual Fund financial goal by taking advantage of Old Bill's percentage match. Please click here to donate online. Thank you to all the families who have already donated!

Marketing Photographer at School on Monday
On Monday, September 19 we have a photographer on campus taking photos for marketing purposes. For the best photos, we ask that students avoid shirts with large logos, hooded sweatshirts, and bold colors. Students who dress accordingly just might end up on the cover of a brochure or magazine!

Thank You for Great Attendance at Old Bill's!
Old Bill's was a huge success again this year! We counted over 100 Journeys School t-shirts so for the 3rd year in row we will be showering Nancy Lang and two unnamed teachers! (We will use Gatorade this year instead of slime.) Stay tuned for the date and time of the event. Parents will be invited to attend!

TSS Strategic Planning Session
Monday, September 19, 5:30-7:30 pm
Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium
Teton Science Schools is currently building our strategic plan to guide the organization from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2020. The final product will be one aligned strategic plan across all of Teton Science Schools that is tailored to each program area, including Journeys School.  Please join us at this public session to help craft our priorities for the future.

iWalk/iBike/iBus Day
Wednesday, September 21

Journeys School, in coordination with Friends of Pathways, will participate in iWalk/iBike/iBus on Wednesday, September 21. Students/families interested in biking to school should meet at 7:40 am at the Presbyterian Church parking lot (1251 South Park Loop Road). Faculty and staff will ride with students on pathways, under the highway, and up Coyote Canyon! If your child is just learning to ride a bike we ask that a parent join the ride. Remember to wear your helmet and dress warmly for a cool morning. Thank you to the many students who already use the bus!

School Photos
Thursday, September 22
Monday, September 26
Tuesday, September 27

Neal Henderson from Reaction Photo will be on campus soon to take photos of Journeys School students. The schedule for photo days is:
• Thursday, September 22: Pre-k, middle school and high school, and sibling photos that do not involve elementary students (elementary students will be off-campus)
• Monday, September 26: Pre-k, group/class photos for all levels, senior photos (individual and group), and sibling photos for families with children in elementary and in middle/high school
• Tuesday, September 27: Pre-k, elementary, and sibling photos that involve only pre-k and K-12
(Pre-k parents: You will receive a schedule showing which day your child will have their photos taken.)
You do not need to request sibling photos; the photographer will take sibling photos for all applicable families. If you want to purchase photos, they will be posted online (password protected) at If you have any questions for the photographer, please call Neal at (307) 690-6177.

Parent Council Kick-off Meeting
Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-6:30 pm

Please join us to learn about Parent Council goals this year. Included will be school event support, community building ideas, teacher appreciation activities, parent education topics, programmatic initiatives, and more. Childcare provided for students 3 years and older. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm. Remember EVERY parent is automatically a member of Parent Council!

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities

We need to collect RSVPs to gauge interest, so we can work with the presenters to determine whether we have a critical mass and should proceed.  Please RSVP by emailing Hannah Contois.  We don't yet have a time set for the second event. 
1.    Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm:  "Beautiful Me: Raising a Beautiful Child"  There will be programming during the day for students in grades 2-5.  The facilitators have offered to run a parent session in the evening.  While the program is geared toward raising girls, it has relevance to all parents.  For more information, see their website:
2.    Friday, October 14, Time TBD (will be in the afternoon):  "Embracing Uncertainty: Bringing out the Best in Our Students and Ourselves"  Pamela Paresky, PhD, Director of the Aspen Center for Human Development, will conduct a workshop with faculty as part of our professional development day on Friday 10/14 (remember that school is not in session for children that day).  Pamela is available to offer a 90 minute session with parents later that afternoon.
Stay tuned for more information on both sessions! 

Google Accounts for K-12 Parents
Journeys School has transitioned to Google Apps for Education to manage our email, calendar, contacts, and shared documents. Faculty will be sharing Google-based documents with parents, so we are recommending parents set up Google accounts (if you don't already have one). It's fast, easy, and free - just go to

Save the Date - Wednesday, November 2
State of the School Dinner
Jackson Campus Dining Lodge

Please save the date for the 2016 State of the School Dinner. The evening will include complimentary dinner and an address from Head of School Nancy Lang. Adults only please. Due to the size of this event, childcare will not be provided. Please watch for an email invitation coming soon.

Save the Date - Saturday, December 10th
Journeys School Beach Ball (Annual Fundraising Gala)
Jackson Campus Dining Lodge

Please save the date for the annual Journeys School Gala! We are now accepting sponsorships and auction donations. Please contact Zan Morley at or (307) 734.3764 to make a donation.

Community Lunch
Parent volunteers are encouraged to assist with community lunch. To volunteer, please arrive in the dining lodge at 11:40 am. All lunches include garden fresh salad, orange slices, cookies and milk.
September 23: Chicken Enchiladas or Veggie-Cheese Enchiladas with Black Beans & Spanish Rice
September 30: Mac & Cheese, Vegetable Soup
October 7: Pizza in Classrooms (We will not need parent volunteers for this lunch)
October 14: No School
October 21: French Toast, Hash Browns, and Bacon
October 28: No School
November 4: Chicken or Black Bean Fajitas with Corn Tortillas, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Important Dates

Monday, September 19: TSS Strategic Planning Session, Teton County Library, 5:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 21: iWalk/iBike/iBus Day
Thursday, September 22: School Photos
Monday & Tuesday, September 26 & 17: School Photos
Tuesday, September 27: Parent Council Kickoff
Tuesday, October 4: Parent Education Opportunity - "Beautiful Me: Raising a Beautiful Child"
Thursday, October 13: Grandparents' Day
Friday, October 14: No School - Professional Development
Friday, October 14: Parent Education Opportunity - "Embracing Uncertainty: Bringing out the Best in Our Students and Ourselves"
Saturday, October 22: Journeys School Open House - Stay Tuned for More Info!
Friday, October 28: No School - Conference Trade Day
Wednesday, November 2: State of the School Dinner
Saturday, December 10: Journeys School GALA and Auction
Thursday, December 15: Winter Celebration